Any helpful input would be greatly appreciated. A while back I cloned a new Momentus XT, installed it and my Mini ran great. Startups and shutdowns were fast. Recently, after performing a permission repair, startups an shutdowns became noticeably slower. Logins and logouts are still fast as usual, thankfully. I also upgraded the XT firmware to SD24 a while back. I would have never thought that my system performance would suffer from running permission repair. I tried: resetting the pram resetting smc ran fsck in single user mode verified startup disk I was going to try to archive and re-install but I found out Apple discontinued it for Snow Leopard. (Why Apple???? this whole experience has been like Microsoft) If I cannot remedy the issue I was thinking of doing a Time Machine backup of user settings. Will this restore my pop email accounts? I know if the startup disk is not selected properly, startup time can suffer. One thing I think is weird is the sata info from system profiler: what is the volume disk0s1 with a size of 209.7 MB? NVidia MCP89 AHCI: Vendor: NVidia Product: MCP89 AHCI Link Speed: 3 Gigabit Negotiated Link Speed: 3 Gigabit Description: AHCI Version 1.30 Supported ST95005620AS: Capacity: 500.11 GB (500,107,862,016 bytes) Model: ST95005620AS Revision: SD24 Serial Number: -------- Native Command Queuing: Yes Queue Depth: 32 Removable Media: No Detachable Drive: No BSD Name: disk0 Rotational Rate: 7200 Medium Type: Rotational Bay Name: Lower Partition Map Type: GPT (GUID Partition Table) S.M.A.R.T. status: Verified Volumes: Capacity: 209.7 MB (209,715,200 bytes) Writable: Yes BSD Name: disk0s1 HDD: Capacity: 499.76 GB (499,763,888,128 bytes) Available: 400.31 GB (400,314,204,160 bytes) Writable: Yes File System: Journaled HFS+ BSD Name: disk0s2 Mount Point: / If I have to do a re-install then so be it. My main concern is is getting all my user files and pop email back after I do it. I have never used Time Machine; only Carbon Copy Cloner on a regular basis.